Page 58 REFLECTIONS AND REPORTS Political Terror and the Technologies of Memory: Excuse, Sacriï¬ce, Commodiï¬cation, and Actuarial Moralities Allen Feldman Violence and the Crisis of Memory I was driving with a republican ex-paramilitary, âSean,â on a battleï¬eld tour of Belfast. He was showing me the sites of INLA (Irish National Liberation Army) operations he had participated in or possessed logistical knowledge of in order to explain how urban guerrilla operations were planned and carried out. Sean discussed these issues with a mixture of professionalism and dry, ironic understatement characteristic of Belfastâs working class. We drove by a security checkpoint where, ï¬ve years earlier, he had âgiven the messageâ to a policeman: shot him point-blank in the head and then made his escape or ârunbackâ in a waiting car. As we sat contemplating the scene of past violence, he started recounting to me a complex series of altercations in his housing estate that had recently taken place between his wife and a local âhoodâ (a petty criminal) who had slapped Seanâs wife. Sean, aided by other âretired membersâ of various Republican paramilitary organizations, had retaliated with hurly (hockey) sticks that put the hood into the hospital. Sean was consulting
Radical History Review – Duke University Press
Published: Jan 1, 2003
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